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Pain in the left of belly button, sore and tender. What is it ?

I have pain 2 inches to the left of my belly button. Turns into a sharp pain when I press on the sore spot. It HURTS like it s very tender. Feels like it s just below the skin. (No lump or anything). It comes and goes, not there all the time. Sometimes I can press in the spot and feel no pain or anything unusual at all. I noticed it two days ago after I bent over to put something in a lower drawer. I am female and overweight . Any idea what this is? Thanks.
Asked On : Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

It sound like the cause of your symptoms is abdominal hernia. It is a hole in the abdominal wall through witch abdominal cavity contents are getting out of it. Usually some lump is present but as you have said you are overweight so the hernia may be hidden inside the fat tissue. The pain can come and go, can be triggered by coughing or lifting some heavy objects. If it is really hernia, there is a risk for intestines to get stuck in it and result with ischeamia and necrosis. That is why you should visit your doctor and do not neglect it.
To rule hernia out, abdominal ultrasound should be performed. If hernia will be ruled out, some other tests might be necessary like full blood work, liver tests, pancreas tests, upper GI endoscopy.
But first, abdominal ultrasound should be performed.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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